Florida Everblades

ECHL Game Night: 2-18-12

South Carolina Stingrays 1 @ Florida Everblades 2 (OT)

LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 1-1-2, +1, 3 SOG, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 20 GP, 11-11-22, +8, 22 PIM
D Charles Landry, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 17 GP, 2-4-6, +3, 4 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-5-5, -3, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 32 saves on 33 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 17-12-0-3, 2.86 GAA, .904 sv%, 1 SO

It was another good night for Lightning prospects and draftees in southwest Florida. One night after Hutchings, Kevin Quick, and Nagle were the game’s three stars, Lightning prospect Charles Landry was first star, followed by Nagle and Hutchings after the ‘Blades topped the Stingrays in overtime. Hutchings had the game winner for Florida and set up Landry for Landry’s second professional goal. Landry’s goal was scored when his slap shot from the point found its way to the back of the net. Hutchings scored from a knee while banging in a rebound with 2:17 to go in overtime. He has 10 points (four goals) in six games since he came back from missing three months with an injury. Considering his strong start to the year, one wonders if he wouldn’t be in AHL Norfolk now if it wasn’t for the injury. Not to be forgotten, Nagle was only beat on a breakaway that occurred when Florida got caught in a line change. He has three straight wins. Florida won four of five from South Carolina over the last two weeks. They are now four points behind the Stingrays in the South Division and remain four points up on Cincinnati as the East’s seventh seed. (Photo courtesy of swamphockey.com)

ECHL Game Night: 2-17-12

South Carolina Stingrays 1 @ Florida Everblades 4

LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 2-0-2, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (slashing), *First Star*
Season Totals: 19 GP, 10-10-20, +7, 22 PIM
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 16 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 4 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-2-2, +3, 1 SOG, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-5-5, -4, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 34 saves on 35 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 16-12-0-3, 2.92 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 SO

It was a good night for Lightning prospects and draftees in southwest Florida. Alex Hutchings (pictured) continued his torrid pace since missing nearly three months because of an injury, scoring twice in a 4-1 win. He has eight points (three goals) in five games since he came back. Former Lightning draftee Kevin Quick, who is under contract with AHL Norfolk, had two assists and was named second star to Hutchings’ first star. Lightning prospect goaltender Pat Nagle was solid in net, stopping 34 shots for his second win in a row. Florida has played the Stingrays four consecutive games and the two play each other again Saturday night at the Everblades’ rink. Florida leads the mini-series 3-1 and is now just five points back of South Carolina for third in the South Division. Florida has two games in hand. They are now four points up on Cincinnati for the Eastern Conference’s seventh seed, though the Cyclones have six games in hand on the ‘Blades.

ECHL Game Night: 2-15-12

South Carolina Stingrays 3 @ Florida Everblades 4 (OT)

LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-2-2, +2, 3 SOG, 4 PIM (holding the stick, high sticking)
Season Totals: 18 GP, 8-10-18, +6, 22 PIM
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 4 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -7, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Win, 19 saves on 22 shots
Season Totals: 32 GP, 15-12-0-3, 2.98 GAA, .899 sv%, 1 SO

Playing the Stingrays for the third game in a row, the Everblades scored twice in the third period and once in overtime to take Game 3 of their mini-series. The overtime winner came from former Montreal Canadiens first rounder David Fischer. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings had the primary assist. The Everblades tied the game with about a minute left in regulation. Florida has two wins over South Carolina in the last week. Hutchings was playing his first game at home since November and has at least a point in all four games since returning from a serious upper-body injury. He is now back to a point-per-game pace. Pat Nagle got his first start in six days and earned his first win since he beat Chicago on January 11.

Prospect of the Week (2.14.12)

This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques, but we are sending a Phineas & Ferb valentine to this week’s winner.

We wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Alex Hutchings, Florida (ECHL).

A fourth round pick of the Lightning in 2009, Hutchings made his pro debut last year and struggled to find his groove playing against men. It isn’t abnormal by any means for players to struggle making the transition to pro, which makes the years Carter Ashton, Cory Conacher, Tyler Johnson, and Richard Panik all the more impressive.

This year Hutchings took an early demotion from AHL Norfolk and didn’t sulk. He was leading the team in scoring before suffering an “upper-body” injury on November 12. He’s spent the last three months watching hockey while trying to get healthy.

Until now.

ECHL Game Night: 2-13-12

Florida Everblades 3 @ South Carolina Stingrays 4

LW Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 2 SOG, 6 PIM (roughing, hooking, slashing)
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-8-16, +4, 18 PIM
D Charles Landry, FLA: 1-0-1, -1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 4 PIM
D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)
G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 14-12-0-3, 2.98 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO

Looking for their second win a row in South Carolina, Florida skated out to a 3-0 lead but gave up three third period goals and lost 4-3. They were outshot 50-27 in the game, including 20-8 in the third period. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle sat for the second straight game. Congratulations to Charles Landry (pictured), who scored his first professional goal. The ‘Blades fell eight points behind South Carolina for third in the four-team South Division. They are clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the East, one point ahead of Cincinnati, who has a whopping five games in hand on the Everblades. Florida has 22 games left.

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